In the still not so well known wine region of Valencia, the Celler del Roure winery, headed by winemaker Pablo Calatayud, is pioneering the recovery of long-forgotten indigenous grape varieties, such as the red Mandó and the white Verdil.
Partially made from this hitherto unknown grape, Cullerot is a Spanish white wine that also includes Pedro Ximénez, Chardonnay, Macabeo, Malvasía and other little-known native varieties, such as Merseguera and Tortosí.
Handpicked, carefully selected and destemmed, the grapes were separately vinified.
First, 80% of them were gently crushed, while the other 20% were macerated with their skins for 5 days. Alcoholic fermentation took place in buried clay amphorae and stainless steel tanks, always in contact with the lees. The wine was blended before finishing fermentation and then aged for 5 months.
After that, Cullerot 2017 was racked and aged, put back into the amphorae and aged for a further 6 months before its bottling.
Production of 24,000 bottles. Drink over the next 4 years.
The white wine Cullerot has a clean, bright, yellow colour with golden tinges.
Fresh notes of white fruit, along with notions of white flowers and herbs. This interesting white wine from Valencia also suggests some remembrances of garrigue over a subtle mineral background.
Fresh and savoury, but with a slightly unctuous, creamy feeling due to the lees ageing. This white wine by Celler del Roure has a good balance between the fruity notes and the floral and mineral notions. Crisp acidity and long finish with pleasant remembrances of citrus.
|Our personal opinion||
Highly characteristic, made from some unknown varieties, Cullerot 2017 really deserves a try.
Parker 91. Enterwine 92.
Peñín 91. Parker 90.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||No|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in distinct containers|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||6|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Pedro Ximénez, Macabeo, Malvasía, Chardonnay, Verdil, Merseguera, Tortosí, otras variedades blancas 10%.|
|Pairings||Alone, Baked whitefish, bluefish, Fish and gravey, Fish and vegitables, Grilled fish, Grilled whitefish, Pasta with fish, Rice with fish, Roasted chicken, Smoked foods, Soup and rice, White meat with gravy, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Dry and aromatic, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense|
|Occasion||Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
I like this wine. Quite original, with an interestingly bitter twist.
Very interesting white wine from Valencia, made from some indigenous grapes I knew nothing about. Straightforward and yummy, with a Mediterranean flair but without overripeness.